Perth Glory savour mental energy as they prepare for away fixtures

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Perth Glory have adapted to tunnel vision as they prepare for their A-League Women clash against Canberra United seeking only one thing: redemption.

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Coach, Alex Epakis, said he and the squad are trying to understand what works best when it comes to playing so many games in such a short timeframe; something he said is not common in the A-League Women.

“Now that we’ve got an Adelaide game behind us, we’ve got a more up to date understanding of where we’re at as a team because the only footage we had was from two of the same teams being Brisbane,” he said.

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“We’ve now had experience playing against different players in a different playing style and we are then, as a result, more aware of where we’re doing well and where we need to do better.”

The solution to their problem may be physically tweaking the play, but it may in fact lay in the disbursement of mental energy.

The recent 4-2 loss to Adelaide proved disappointing for Perth but Epakis remained on task stating, “We can’t look too much on tallies and points, ultimately the game in front of us is always the most important.

“We know things can change so quickly; we see fixtures getting cancelled every day – on the day even. So, if we put any mental energy in looking past what’s in front of us, I just think we’re wasting our time.

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“Obviously we want to do our best to be well prepared for every match but there’s only so much we can do with the limited time between games. So instead of thinking too far ahead and putting resources in other areas, let’s just put everything into what we’ve got in front of us at the moment.”

Staying true to his emphasis on taking it game by game, Epakis said the mindset is that they want to compete in every match.

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Epakis said the squad is working on consistent 90-minute performances, something he believes is achievable by preserving mental energy and focusing on the task ahead rather than the next tasks which follow.

“We need to make the most of this time away because it’s an opportunity for us to grow as a collective group and it’s also an opportunity for us to focus on our football,” he said.

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Captain, Tash Rigby, became a prime example of rolling with the punches after sustaining a broken nose following a brutal blow from an elbow in their last fixture against Adelaide. Rigby is expected to play against Canberra, as she shows her side what resilience looks like by preparing to give the task ahead everything she’s got.

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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